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Cancer survivor stays positive

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Charlotte Pickett shows Mrs. Clark's second grade class how to play the drums at Meridian Elementary on Wednesday. Pickett said that her breast cancer treatment made her too tired to teach as enthusiastically as she normally would.
"I was a zombie."

That is not the way that most people would describe an elementary school music teacher.

Those are the words that Charlotte Pickett used to describe herself while going through treatment for breast cancer.

Pickett was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990 while teaching at Jackson Township Elementary School.

At the time, she was caring for her ailing parents, and felt that she could not take the time to take care of the lump that she knew was there.

Once Pickett did begin receiving care for her cancer, after her mother passed, the combination of chemotherapy and radiation changed her way of life.

"It hit me so hard that I was unable to work," Pickett said.

She took time off from November 1990 to January 1991.

Pickett said the hardest part was "not being able to do what I was usually able to do, not being able to be myself."

Pickett went back to teaching music at Jackson Township in February of 1991, and for a short time wore a wig to cover her head.

Soon she discovered the wig would get too warm while she was teaching.

After talking with her students, she decided to wear different colored headbands instead of the wig.

"I could handle it if the kids could handle it," Picket said.

As it turns out, Pickett became a source of strength for some of her students.

She says that soon after she returned to teaching, several of her students' family members were also diagnosed with breast cancer.

Parents would tell her that their children would say, "It's OK, Mrs. Pickett's fine now."

Pickett now teaches music at Meridian Elementary and Eastside Elementary schools.

Her cancer has been in remission for 16 years, with a few benign surgeries since she finished treatment.

Her daughter started getting mammograms in her twenties in response to her mother's diagnosis.

Pickett said that now it seems like she hears of a new breast cancer diagnosis in the community every week.

Her advice to those who have been diagnosed recently is to have faith.

"You just have to stay positive. If your faith is strong enough and someone is looking after you, what will be will be," Pickett said. "Know there is something bigger than you."

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I would like to invite anyone who is interested to walk with the Clicker 4 a cause every Mon. Wed. & Fri. to HELP FIHT BREAST CANCER 1 STEP @ A TIME!

We are meeting at 6pm in front of the Forest Park Pool evey Mon. Wed. & Fri. now till Aug. for a 3-5 mile walk around town (we also have a 1 mile walk avaiable)

For more information please call Amy Reynolds at 448-8843 or just show up to walk!



-- Posted by Amy Reynolds on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 11:16 AM

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